Natalie van der Wal is a very enthusiastic and motivated Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence at VU University Amsterdam. She is specialised in the computational modelling of cognitive and affective processes. She works in the Agent Systems Research Group, led by Professor Jan Treur. She is interested in supporting humans in acquiring a healthier lifestyle with the help of technology. She achieves this by designing, applying and testing her social cognitive computational models in systems that can monitor and support humans. Her current interests are modelling the internal and external dynamics of ‘habit contagion’, which relates to her previous topic of ‘emotion contagion’ during her PhD. She finished her dissertation ‘Social Agents: Agent Based Modelling of Intergrated Internal Social Dynamics of Cognitive and Affective Processes’ in 2012. She received her Masters degree (cum laude) in Artificial Intelligence, graduating on the topic of ‘Modeling Agent-based Support Systems for Group Emotion and Group Development’ in 2009. She also received a Bachelors Degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology in 2007 from the Faculty of Psychology and a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Media and Culture in 2003 from the Faculty of Humanities . Natalie’s various backgrounds and skills make her a multidisciplinary reseracher.
Contact me by phone/a visit
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Computer Science
De Boelelaan 1081a
1081 HV Amsterdam
Office: T359 mo, tue, fri/ 2E-33 wed, thu
Phone: +31 20 598 7743 (mo, tue, fri), +31205985681 (wed, thu)
Natalie in the media:
Recent: ‘Healthier Eating Habits Through App’. Natalie’s research wil be followed by the Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’. Read here.